|Top: Ceramic flowers, Botany Cemetery, Sydney)|
Left: Living flowers, Montmatre Cemetery, Paris; Right: Silk flowers, Wauchope Cemetery, NSW
But, it does not have to be like this. Cemeteries can be places of love, joy, and celebrated remembrance. This is often symbolised by the colour, and shape, and variety of floral tributes.
|All the ceramic flowers in this post are from Botany Cemetery in Sydney, aka Eastern Suburbs Memorial Cemetery|
But then, we could also choose living flowers. They are overlooked in Australia, which has a, dare-I-say, off-hand regard for the departed. Parisian cemeteries exhibit no such qualms. Over there sometimes the plantings at the foot of the grave are annuals like pansies or phlox. But mostly they are perennials like roses and azaleas. Plantings that sit by the right hand of the departed. Plantings that succor from the very grave surround.
These, for me, are places of love and joy, and celebrated remembrance.
|Left: Wild flowers, Gore Hill Cemetery, Sydney; Right: Unadorned graves, Randwick Cemetery, Sydney|
Bottom: Ceramic flowers, Botany Cemetery, Sydney
A contribution to the Taphophile Tragics community.